UrM.C.R.

Gate Studies (p.ruston, 2014)

These compositions explore gated-feedback networks where several musical sources ‘resolve’ to near-infinite variation and polyrhythmic/tonal complexity.

created by Paul Ruston in 2014.

UrMusic Philosophy

“Theory is a recipe for style” (James Tenney) UrMusic Creative Research follows a philosophy of music that considers style a compounding of evolutionary, environmental, and cultural patterns of observation, evaluation, and imitation that obscure the dynamic, emergent properties of interactive gesture (body), acoustical space (environment), and neural entrainment (ear/mind). Paul… Read more “UrMusic Philosophy”

VIDEO LESSON 01 – THE HARMONIC SERIES & EQUALISATION (E.Q.) (Architectures of Music)

Here I show the spectral make-up of ‘harmonic’ sounds (sometimes called ‘musical’ sounds, a term I dislike). Using a sample of a male choir singing a single long tone, the spectral components of the sound are revealed through a demonstration of the 3 basic parameters of E.Q. (equalisation), a studio tool that is used to shape timbre, or ‘tone colour’), which include ‘centre frequency’, ‘gain’, and ‘Q’ (quality factor). This is used to introduce the harmonic series, which will be an important reference point for many of the following videos.